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2001 Château Ausone (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Château Ausone chateau-ausone-saint-emilion.com   details
Appellation: Saint Émilion Grand Cru - Libournais - France (1er Grand Cru Classé A)
Type: red
Varietal: Merlot - Cabernet Franc
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$179.95
 
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Tasting Notes:
rated: March 1, 2004 , Wine Spectator winespectator.com
95 points "Collectibles designation: You have to love the beautiful plum, berry and vanilla character in this wine. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a long finish. Very refined and beautiful. Not the 2000, but classic just the same. Best after 2007." Best 2007-
rated: June 1, 2004 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
98 points "The 2001 Ausone has put on even more weight than I anticipated. The “wine of the vintage,” this inky/purple-colored 2001 boasts a provocative, floral perfume of crushed stones, raspberries, blackberries, creme de cassis, licorice, and smoke. What makes it so sensational are the layers of flavor and nuances that unfold as the wine sits in the glass as well as on the palate. This is an extraordinarily intense effort, but remarkably elegant and well-balanced. It ideally needs another decade of cellaring; it should last for 4-5 decades! Alain Vauthier is a perfectionist, which is evidenced by what he has produced over the last half dozen vintages at Ausone. Kudos to readers lucky enough to find a bottle or two ... and live long enough to enjoy them in their prime." Best 2012-2050
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